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Wastewater & Coronavirus | Leavenworth National Cemetery | Veteran Survives COVID-19 | Kansas Meatpacking Guidelines | Lessons From Dr. Seuss

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Leavenworth National Cemetery will not feature graveside flags during the Memorial Day weekend because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:15: Determining the spread of COVID-19 through testing wastewater

Scientists from the state and University of Kansas have teamed up to test wastewater for traces of the coronavirus. The results allow them to see how widespread the virus has been.

Segment 2, beginning at 19:55: How veterans will be honored at the Leavenworth National Cemetery this Memorial Day weekend.

The global pandemic has changed Memorial Day routines at Kansas' national cemetery. The National Cemetery Administration has decided against the placement of graveside flags, and visitors should expect to maintain social distance.

Segment 3, beginning at 29:45: A World War II veteran from Kansas wins his battle against COVID-19.

Max Deweese, a 99-year-old veteran of World War II, was awarded two Purple Hearts. He talks about contracting COVID-19, being hospitalized and quarantined, and surviving the disease.

    • Max Deweese, Overland Park resident

    Segment 4, beginning at 37:20: A discussion about the relaxing of guidelines meant to protect meatpacking employees

    A new report from the Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle has raised concerns about how and why the Kansas Department of Health and Environment loosened quarantine guidelines for employees in the meatpacking industry.

    Segment 5, beginning at 52:55: A virtual commencement speech

    With graduation ceremonies across the metro cancelled, we're bringing you speeches from valedictorians in the Kansas City region. Today, Nicholas Burdolski shares with his fellow graduating students lessons learned from Dr. Seuss.

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